10 June 2007|
Bakersfield (CA), Rabobank Arena
First Of The Gang To DieThe final date of the Greatest Hits tour was a success. Morrissey and the band were all in top form and the sound was excellent. The audience was very receptive and energetic, but there were a few negative elements who threw junk on stage. Three or four fans managed to successfully make it on stage, including a boy of about 4 and a small girl of 10. One full grown stage climber jumped on Morrissey and locked her arms and legs around him. Security had a hard time trying to pry her off and Morrissey was visibly annoyed.
A few minor changes were made to the setlist. The just-reintroduced "Whatever Happens, I Love You" was replaced with part-timer "Lucky Lisp" while "Panic" was replaced with "Girlfriend In A Coma".
At the end of the usual "Imperfect List" intro Morrissey's musicians came on stage and one after the other they walked up to the microphone and shouted "Camera!", "Lights!", "Action!", "Camera!", "Lights, action!". Then Morrissey came on and his greeting to the audience was a quote from his song "Girlfriend In A Coma": "Do you really think you'll pull through?" In set opener "First Of The Gang To Die" he changed lines to "you have never been in love until you've seen the stars over Eagle Rock boulevard" (a local reference) and "and he stole from the rich which is you, and the poor which is me, and the very poor". He change a line in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" to "In our lifetime those who kill, CNN give them stardom".
Morrissey exceptionally sang the first line in "You Have Killed Me" as it was recorded and released. However he did the song's other usual live changes, and even took one of them to "Who am I that I come to be kneeling down here" as he kneeled down to shake someone's hand. After the song he said "Julia they nearly killed me... Thank God I'm a rugby player..." Besides the usual lyric changes in "In The Future When All's Well", he also sang "I thank you with some of my heart. Over the song's ending he exclaimed "Thank God that's..." Then after a pause he told the audience "So let me guess? You just happened to be driving through Bakersfield... and you thought to yourself, well, 'can I take it?' and... what's the answer? (fans shout 'yes!') What's the question?" He made many minor changes in "Disappointed", including "See this face, I'm truly disappointed. Halfway into that song a 10-year old girl climbed on stage. Morrissey held her hand and walked her around for a bit before she made her way back by herself.
Morrissey introduced his musicians before going into "Let Me Kiss You": "The boys in comas are... are... are... Boz Boorer... Solomon Walker... Matt Walker... standing on his X, Jesse Tobias... standing on his X, Michael Farrell ... and (crowd cheers)... oh, please, please, please, too much attention, too little time..." He changed a line in "Let Me Kiss You" to "I've zigzagged all over Los Angeles". As an introduction to new composition "That's How People Grow Up" he announced "Well, I should remind you to be out of the house on June the 25th because we appear on the David Letterman Show and... we sing this song which is called 'Stand By Your Man'..." After the song he said "That's how people grow up... just like that, exactly!"
Following "The National Front Disco" Morrissey told the audience "I must ask somebody a question... You know this is the end of the first leg... It's the end of the first leg... first leg... Are you gonna be on the second one?" He handed the microphone to one fan who answered "a little bit here and there..." He then asked his favourite fan "What d'you think of that Julia?" She answered that she was looking forward to it. Morrissey asked "Did you hear what she said?" He then passed the microphone to someone else who shouted "Ann Coulter for president!", then to another fan who corrected her, "Morrissey for president!", which got the crowd's general approval. After "Ganglord" Morrissey chatted with one more fan. He started by asking "And when I say the ghetto, I mean?... No?..." She answered she didn't know and asked him what he meant. She then thanked him for touring and asked him when his next single would be coming out. He answered back "Would you really like to know? (crowd: yes!)... Well, I've got no idea..." Somewhere during this exchange she handed him a Good looking man about town tea towel which he tucked at his waist and wore for the length of the following song.
After "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side" Morrissey simply said "I am your humble, humble servant..." New composition "All You Need Is Me" was introduced with the line "From the sublime to the ridiculous, which is, "All You Need Is Me'...." He changed lines in that number to "you ask me what will I be when I grow up to be a man, hopefully nothing!" and "you don't like what it means, too bad!". During "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" another child made it on stage. This time it was a boy aged about 4 or 5. Morrissey knelt down and hugged him while singing the line "you're gonna need someone on your side". He posed for pictures then took the boy's hand and led him back into the crowd. After the song he jokingly said "Julia, so many children in the audience... and they're all mine!"
Morrissey replaced the second occurrence of the line "Lord knows it would be the first time" in "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" with "Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! Tonight!..." When he returned to the stage for the encore, instead of parting words to the audience, he replied to someone by saying "Yes, very astute, very astute..." That encore was the Smiths classic "The Queen Is Dead" and besides the song's usual lyric changes, he also sang "I was very ashamed to discover how I'm the 18th pale descendant..." At the very end of the song he pulled back on stage the little girl who had made it there earlier.
This concert was professionally filmed, perhaps for future DVD release, but none of this footage has been released or shown anywhere at this point in time.
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